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One Day In Zion National Park

Described as “an oasis amidst the desert,” Zion has amazing vermilion cliffs and incredibly green lush valleys. With world famous hiking, there are so many rewarding experiences to undertake. Zion is located conveniently next to the Utah town of Springdale and the shuttle goes to town making it easy to enjoy the amazing local services. Consider visiting in spring or fall as summer can be very hot.

Do
The Narrows (Bottom Up)
We stopped by Zion Outfitter for equipment rentals. The hike is a 3-10 miles round trip taking 4-8 hours. No permit required, be prepared to get wet.

Stay
Watchman Campground
Located very close to the south entrance with electrical hookups available year-round. Very close to the shuttle stop for access to the park during peak months and weekends.

Drive
Zion National Park Scenic Drive
Gorgeous 54 miles route taking about 1.5 hours Please note it is closed to private vehicles while the shuttle is running.

Hike
Angels Landing
Best done first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat. During peak season, get on the first shuttle. Hike at your own risk. There are many other wonderful less challenging hikes in Zion.

Eat
The Spotted Dog Cafe
Cozy dining rooms with a handcrafted menu featuring local and sustainable produce.

Snack
Cafe Soleil
Amazing place to stop after hiking for snacks or a quick breakfast. Includes delicious vegan and vegetarian options as well.

Coffee
Deep Creek Coffee Co.
Located in Springdale on your way into our out of the park. Run by a couple with a passion for outdoor adventure (and of course coffee), they partner with local, small-batch roasters.

 
Please confirm with the NPS for any changes or closures before scheduling your trip.

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How to Enjoy a Weekend of Las Vegas’ Secret Hiking Scene

When people think of Las Vegas, the neon-soaked Strip and jingling of slot machines come to mind. But step just outside the city and there’s a trove of natural gems to be discovered. When you schedule your appointment to see a Road Chief at our Silver State Showroom consider adding to your visit one of our favorite natural stops you’ll find nearby.

You can also do all these trips with your Road Chief as well. Do you feel ready for an adventure? Head an hour east to the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive. The 13-mile drive includes a smattering of hike-able trails and (depending on the time of year) an abundance of wildflowers. Be sure to take it slow, because the road is one way—if you miss something, you won’t be able to turn around.

Then, cruise up to Mount Charleston for a hike. You can stop at Kyle Canyon Picnic Area along the way for a lunch prepared in your Road Chief’s galley, and then head off to either Fletcher Canyon or Mary Jane Falls. Ponderosa pines, white fir, aspen and mountain mahogany abound. You may even spot the rare Mt. Charleston blue butterfly and since it’s usually about 20 degrees cooler on Mt. Charleston its the perfect spot to escape the desert heat.

When you’re ready for a change of scenery, there are 40,000 acres of Aztec Sandstone waiting for you at the Valley of Fire National Park. Camp at Atlatl Rock Campground is on of our favorites. Many of the sites have electric and water hookups. From there, follow the road north to the ancient petroglyphs of Atlatl Rock. Continuing along the road, you’ll come to the Petrified Logs Loops trailhead, where the remnants of 225 million-year-old trees are visible. Moving deeper into the park, you’ll find trailheads for Mouse’s Tank, a natural basin containing more prehistoric petroglyphs, and Rainbow Vista, which offers a panoramic view of the park. The unmarked but spellbinding Pink Canyon is also worth visiting (coordinates: 36°28’47” N 114°31’36” W). Finish your exploration with an easy hike to the the jaw-dropping Fire Wave. These 150-million-year-old sand dunes have hardened into red and white zebra-striped rocks.

Spend the night in the park, and head out the next morning to Lake Mead. The striking landscape is a complete change of scenery from the red rocks of the Valley. Explore Hoover Dam, cruise along the scenic North Road and keep your eyes open for bald eagles and desert bighorn sheep.

Kind regards,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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A Weekend in Prescott, Arizona

Prescott is a unique place. It’s a mixture of lively city and stunning natural beauty. Whether you’re drawn to the historic downtown or swaths of forest and lake, your Road Chief is the ideal guide to experiencing this southwestern gem.

So, where do you start? With a Harvest Host membership (tell them Bowlus Road Chief sent you for 10% off), there are a couple of farms in the Prescott area that are great for off grid camping. Members of RV Golf Club have options in the area as well. For boondocking, we recommend the primitive Cooper Basin sites. You can camp for up to a week there. This is perfect for our Endless Highways model, which can stay off grid for a week (a record-shattering amount of time).

There are plenty of farms in the Prescott area, so we encourage you to cook up a farm-fresh breakfast on the dual burners in the Road Chief’s galley. Then, head out for a morning hike. Prescott National Forest is a curious mix of desert and pine trees. It offers over 450 miles of hiking trails. Alternatively, you can hike around pine-crested Goldwater Lake or the sapphire waters of Watson Lake, which is located 4 miles outside of Prescott.

When you’ve had your nature fix, step back in time to the Old West. Downtown Prescott’s legendary Whiskey Row is lined with saloons, art galleries and old-fashioned candy stores. Food and drink options abound. For fine dining, we recommend The Peacock Dining Room at the Hassayampa Inn. Seafood lovers will find a bite of heaven at the historic Murphy’s: An Establishment of Good Taste.

Finish the evening off with a pint from the Prescott Brewing Company and then enjoy a restful night’s sleep in the Road Chief’s Libeco linens.

Explore on your terms,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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4 Immersive Food & Farm Tours

Nothing quite brings people together like food and travel. Combine those, and you have a recipe for real connection. As a result, food-and-drink-inspired adventures have a special place in our heart. This week we’re taking a look at five truly unique “farm tour” experiences to pair with your Bowlus Road Chief.

Moss Mountain Farm, Arkansas

Moss Mountain Farm is the Arkansas estate of landscape design expert and television host P. Allen Smith. He’s opened his home to the public. You can visit his vegetable garden, vibrant flower gardens, terraced gardens and many animals.

Smith has a gift for intertwining home and garden, as well as a passion for conservation. As a result, the guided tours often include a lunch chosen from Smith’s favorite earth-friendly recipes. Enjoy garden-inspired salads and seasonal dishes like buttermilk pecan pies with homemade whipped cream.

After an uplifting day at the Farm, you can retreat to the luxury of your Road Chief, perhaps with some fresh-picked veggies in hand for dinner (U-pick farms abound in Arkansas!). Cooking on the Road Chief’s dual burners is a treat, and we love incorporating local ingredients into our meals. We highly recommend camping at the stunning Maumelle Park. Snag a waterfront spot if you can. A web of hiking trails and bike paths are available for your enjoyment, as are gorgeous views of the Arkansas River.

The Living Farm, Colorado

The Cafe at the Living Farm calls itself “the ultimate farm to table restaurant,” and for good reason. The 132-acre farm has everything from GMO-free grains, a solar heated greenhouse, pastured lands for animals and exciting events like garden shows and workshops.

Everything they do is to promote an “organic lifestyle,” including their on-site restaurant. The menu features farm-fresh produce, organic meat and locally-sourced cheese and eggs. Enjoy a special day full of education and exploration, and then head over to Cottonwood Grove Campground for a delightful off gridding experience. Nestled in a grove of cottonwood trees, it’s the perfect place for a Road Chief. Scenic, secluded, special. And with a battery system that can last off grid for 4-7 days depending on your model, you can make the most of this unique location. Enjoy the toastiness of heated floors. With the Endless Highways, you don’t even need hookups to enjoy four hours of A/C!

Flavors of West Marin, California

Ready for an exceptional taste of Point Reyes? This epicurean tour will take you to seven food producers for a truly local experience. Sparkling honey wine. Wood-fired breads. BBQ oysters. You’ll enjoy everything from the famous cheese of Cowgirl Creamery to the water buffalo gelato of Marin Sun Farms. The tour’s owners are passionate about sustainability and organic food, so every place you visit contributes to a healthy food system and vibrant community. When you’ve had your fill, retreat back to the majestic redwoods of Samuel P. Taylor State Park. There are some great trails in the Park, so be sure to bring your mountain bikes along. They’re easy to store with our Road Chief’s lashing points!

Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm, Minnesota

Founded by a couple on a quest to share a special outdoor experience and grow agritourism in Waseca, Minnesota, the Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm brings together great company, amazing music and, of course, pizza. It’s a special dining experience. While there are a plethora of pizza possibilities, you’ll need to bring your own dining essentials–it’s a picnic! Pack the utensils, beverages and a table of blanket. This is so easy to do with a Road Chief, which has a kitchen, fridge and even an outdoor table. Explore the farm, listen to live music and enjoy brick oven pizzas made with farm-fresh ingredients.

Riverview Campground is just twenty minutes away and lives up to its name. It’s tucked right alongside the flowing Straight River and has full hookups. There are plenty of amenities, but you won’t need them. The Road Chief features a luxurious teak bathroom (and, for those with the Endless Highways, endless hot water!).

Travel should empower you to go where you please and guide you to the unique experiences you crave. Too often, this isn’t the case. Poor craftsmanship can limit the quality of your adventures. If you’re going to invest in an RV, you deserve something artisan-crafted that will last for a lifetime.

This is why we created the Bowlus Road Chief. Whether your trip is thoughtfully planned or simply spontaneous, it doesn’t have to be a hassle. With a Bowlus Road Chief, you can experience all our stunning country has to offer without ever leaving the comfort and luxury of home. Whether you love roughing it off grid or relaxing in at a farm with a glass of wine in hand, the Road Chief is the perfect guide to your best adventures yet.

Dine well,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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5 Places to See the 2019 Superbloom

Something magical is happening all over Southern California. Explosions of wildflowers are cropping up, thanks to the cool weather and above-average rainfall we received this winter. These blooms are as staggeringly beautiful as they are rare.

The hillsides of Lake Elsinore are currently blanketed in orange poppies, and although we can’t know exactly when and where the next wave of flowers will spring up, the Parks have made some educated guesses.

The best opportunities often come and go quickly; this superbloom season is no exception. The flowers began popping up in February and will likely continue through April. Go while they’re here! Whether you’re chasing the superbloom or a meteor shower, fleeting opportunities are easily captured with a Road Chief. One small adult can hitch it with ease. Ample storage space makes packing a breeze. Tow it with almost any crossover or SUV. Your very own mobile sanctuary allows you to travel wherever, in total luxury. You’ll never miss another spontaneous adventure opportunity. 

Such outings are also the perfect excuse (not that you needed one) for a picnic. With the Road Chief’s European dual burners and ample kitchen space, you can easily prepare breakfast or lunch to go, and enjoy a meal amid the flower fields.

Below you’ll find a solid leaping off point for your adventures, but you may also consider calling the Wildflower Hotline prior to your visit for the most up-to-date report.  

Lake Elsinore   

Millions of orange poppies can be found on the slopes of Walker Canyon. Please note that since poppies are the State flower, it is illegal to pick them. Be respectful, and don’t lay on or trample the flowers. As for camping, consider the peaceful Crane Lakeside Park. If you don’t mind a bit of a drive (about 45 minutes) look into this amazing Hipcamp site—a family-run clydesdale and Texas longhorn ranch.

Diamond Valley Lake

Only forty minutes from Lake Elsinore is Diamond Valley Lake, which features a seasonal wildflower trail. For a $10 entrance fee, you’ll see magnificent owl’s clover, the iconic California poppy, sunshine yellow brittlebush and more. The reservoir’s substantial trail system is available for all kinds of recreation, and the marina is a world class fishery. Best of all, you can camp at Bierbaum Pepper Farm and play with baby goats.

Anza-Borrego State Park

This may be one of the most stunning destination of the season. Sprawling Anza-Borrego State Park is a mosaic right now. At Coyote Creek you’ll find the purple stalks of sand verbena, brown-eyed evening primroses, brilliant lupine and more. To enhance the experience, we recommend taking the scenic route from San Diego. Check the CA State Park website for campsite reservations.

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Antelope Valley is predicted to peak in mid-March to early April. Not just limited to poppies, the park comes alive with kaleidoscope colors, boasting everything from owl’s clover and lupine to cream cups and coreopsis. Note that there are rattlesnakes in the fields. Be sure to stay on the trails and leave Fido in the Road Chief with air conditioning because no dogs are allowed in the park. Fortunately, there are great campgrounds nearby like this free site at Lake Hughes. Or head over to Saddleback Butte, which sits on a granite mountain top above Antelope Valley and is likewise crowned with wildflowers.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

This hidden-gem Monument is so remote some say you can “hear the silence.” In 2017, it’s hillsides were painted with gold and purple flowers—so many that the swathes of color could be seen from outerspace. We don’t know whether the Plain will superbloom this year, but the hills are definitely seeing some color. Goldfields around Panorama Road and hillside daisies on the slopes and valley floors.

Carrizo Plain is in San Luis Obispo, which is worth a trip in and of itself. Check out this post to find out where to stay and how to spend a weekend in SLO. Just add wildflower viewing to the itinerary!

This spring is the perfect time to hitch up your Road Chief and explore the wildflower wonderlands of SoCal. If you’re not already an owner, consider dropping by our Golden State Showroom in Oxnard, CA, which is right next door to some of the wildflower locations, or our Silver State Showroom in Henderson, NV, which is just a few hours away. 

Bloom,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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One Day in Paso Robles

Want to know one of California’s best kept secrets? We’ll give you a hint: it lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is home to over 200 wineries and its name means “Pass of the Oaks.” If you haven’t been to Paso Robles, you’re missing out. The splendid hills of the Central Coast will welcome you with hills that are every bit as vibrant as their history, and despite the city’s size, it retains small-town vibes–you’ll feel right at home, especially with your Bowlus Road Chief to camp in. We know we did.

We recommend staying at the Stacked Stone Cellars. You’ll need a Harvest Host membership in order to stay at this location, but it’s worth it (tell them Bowlus Road Chief sent you for 10% off). Not only is the cost of an annual membership about the same as the cost to stay at an RV park for a single night, but Stacked Stone Cellars is charming. If you go at the right time, you’ll see them bottling the wine. Nestled in the eponymous stacked stone landscape, the Cellars is a sustainable vineyard that produces small quantities of handcrafted Zinfandel. You can enjoy a tasting with the owner, Donald, on the weekends or during the week by appointment.

Just a short way up Peachy Canyon Road is another winery, Calcareous Vineyard. In addition to its awe-inspiring vista, it offers a selection of world-class blends and varietal wines. Take an Uber, and then you can ride into town for restaurants and more tasting rooms. Here are a few places we recommend:

Il Cortile Ristorante – Rustic Italian fine dining with a menu that changes seasonally and incorporates both local ingredients.

BL Brasserie (formerly Bistro Laurent) – Relaxed and elegant French cuisine with an oyster bar.

Thomas Hill Organics – Imaginative entrees created from fresh and regionally-sourced ingredients.

Herman Story – A boutique tasting room with industrial decor, a sense of humor and big-bodied fruit-forward wines.

Bodegas – A tasting room specializing in Portuguese and Spanish varietals.

LXV Wines – A highly-regarded tasting room with brilliant Indian pairings.

Justin Vineyards, and The Restaurant at Justin – Justin also has a downtown tasting room, and their vineyard is particularly popular.

While you could spend the entire weekend tasting your way through wineries, distilleries and breweries, Paso Robles has even more to offer. In recent years, it’s become an olive oil mecca. Enjoy tastings and tours at any of the many orchards, or head to We Olive in downtown to sample olive oils from multiple orchards. Be sure to check out the renowned hot sulfur springs, the waters of which are rumored to have healing powers. Paso Robles also has an incredible music scene. Vina Robles is a boutique amphitheater that features world-renowned artists as well as a tasting room (of course).

Your Road Chief is just what you need to wind down at the end of the day. Kick back and read a book. Stream a movie. Enjoy a little decaf that you whip up in the galley. After your epicurean adventures, you can return to your mobile sanctuary, crank up the heated floors and snuggle down into the organic Libeco linens. The perfect weekend getaway? We think so, because Paso Robles and the Bowlus Road Chief go together like wine and chocolate.

Indulge,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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One Day in San Luis Obispo

Nestled in the heart of California is laidback San Luis Obispo. Affectionately dubbed “SLO Cal,” it’s a place that champions rest and recreation. Inhale the crisp coastal air, savor local flavors, lounge on the beach and drink in a beautiful view. San Luis Obispo is the perfect place to catch your breath and escape from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.

We highly recommend staying at Canyon Fruit Ranch. The oak-crowned hills and 100 year-old apple tree orchard is a spectacular place for a campsite—and a Road Chief prepared breakfast under the awning. From baby goats and fresh autumn apples to the winery that’s just thirty seconds down the road, Canyon Fruit Ranch is a destination unto itself. It’s also a great leaping off point for your adventures.

Only thirty minutes away from the campsite is the seaside fishing village Morro Bay. There, you can kayak with sea otters and sea lions. You’ll also find urban delights like local craft brews, wine bars, boutiques and more. We recommend dining at the Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay, which, in addition to offering a distinctive palate of fresh seafood, sandwiches and all-day breakfast, is dog-friendly! Whether or not you bring your furry companion, consider want to sitting on the patio anyway, since that will give you a view of Morro Rock.

Head back toward San Luis Obispo, where you can either do some more exploring (museums, public art installations, the bizarre Bubblegum Alley) or hit Bob Jones Bike Trail. This city to sea bike trail starts right near the 101 and cruises all the way to Avila Beach. To get there, exit US101 at Avila Beach and turn toward Ontario Road. Head past the KOA campground and you’ll see a parking lot off to the right where you can park the Road Chief. On your bikes, you can follow the trail to the corner of First Street and Avila Beach Drive (downtown). It’s easy to store your bikes in the Road Chief, but if you would rather rent, Wally’s Bike Rentals and Joe Momma’s Beachstay Bike Rentals are downtown. You can follow the trail back up toward the city, and end your ride at Avila Hot Springs.

After a full day of exploration, you’ll be glad to come back to your cozy Road Chief at the campsite. Canyon Fruit Ranch is located in a zero light pollution zone. If your trip takes place when the moon is new, gibbous or crescent, be sure to bring your binoculars and starchart to make the most of this stargazer’s paradise. The skies will be clearest when the air is cold and crisp. The Road Chief, of course, will be waiting for you with heated floors, an endless hot water shower and cozy Libeco linens. It’s a splendid ending to a splendid day.

Enjoy the SLO life,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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A Day at White Sands National Monument

In honor of our recently released Spirit of the Dunes color palette, we’re sharing an itinerary for the White Sands National Monument. Like many of our owners, we have fond memories of this shining New Mexican desert. It contains the world’s largest gypsum dune fields—and is perhaps one of the country’s most underrated public lands. Not only is it magical to see, but the fact it exists is nothing short of miraculous. Gypsum is easily washed away by rain, but the Monument’s unique topography and dry climate keep the white waves of sand pristine.

Start at the visitor center (a pueblo-adobe structure built in the 1930s) where you can explore the native plant garden and discover the interactive museum. Be sure to fill up your water while you’re here, because there’s none available out in the dunes. From the center, enjoy a scenic drive to the heart of the dunes. If you can, try to be at the dunes for a sunset and a sunrise: the interplay between color and land is different, but both dawn and dusk are phenomenal. Insta-worthy? We think so.

Then, stop for breakfast (or lunch!) in your Bowlus Road Chief. The galley is complete with dual burners, stainless steel countertops, a microwave that is operational even when off grid and an incredibly efficient 12V fridge that allows you to extend your off grid time. It’s always a good time for a picnic when you have a Road Chief. When you’re ready for an adventure, go sand tubing. Waxed plastic snow saucers work well and can be purchased at the visitor center.

There are many hikes among the dunes, including some ranger-led programs through which you can learn about the remarkable ecosystem of White Sands. Once a month, a ranger will lead a tour through Lake Lucero. The “birthplace” of the dunes, the lake bed is actually a huge swath of selenite crystals, which play a critical role in creating the shining gypsum sand. You can camp just outside the park at Lake Holloman. Alternatively, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is a thirty-minute drive and features scenic views, hiking and historical exhibits.

Shine on,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

P.S., The Road Chief featured in the photo is vintage. Built nearly 85 years ago, she’s still in great shape! 

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4 Romantic Adventures for You & Your Road Chief

Traveling brings people closer together. Numerous studies have revealed that couples who travel together have stronger relationships. When you agree on a destination, you share a vision. When you embark on a journey together, you collect moments, broaden your perspectives and play in a realm free from the obligations of everyday life. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are four romantic trips for you and your Road Chief to indulge in.

New Orleans | Louisiana

From Creole cottages and the scent of jasmine to moss-draped oaks and smoky ribbons of jazz wafting out of bars, something wonderful lies around every corner of New Orleans. In the Garden District, you’ll find mansions built in the Gothic and Greek Revival styles (architectural styles that are quintessentially NOLA). Take a river cruise in the French Quarter and grab a couple’s massage at the Woodhouse Day Spa. New Orleans food is internationally renowned, so there are endless dining options. Restaurant August or the garden patio at Cafe Amelie make for two particularly romantic venues. When you’ve had your fill of urban excitement, take the causeway north to Fontainebleau State Park. The 2,800-acre Park is located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. It’s bursting with flora and fauna, and on a clear day, you can see a rainbow of sailboats speckling the lake.

St. Augustine | Florida

Stroll hand-in-hand down the brick-paved streets of America’s oldest city. Surrounded by chiming bell towers, secluded courtyards and architectural jewels, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Enjoy the sunrise anywhere along the city’s 42 miles of beach, and then grab brunch at the historic Preserved Restaurant. Browse the oddities and trinkets of St. George Street, explore local art galleries and take kayaks out on the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy a chocolate tour and tasting at Whetstone Chocolates and/or a wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery. Just outside of the city is North Beach Camp Resort, which is located on a beautiful, forested barrier. You and your significant other can fall asleep in the Road Chief’s king bed, wrapped in Libeco linens, to the sound of the river.

Healdsburg | California

One of our favorite things about wine country is that where there is wine, there are (usually) Harvest Host sites. Harvest Host is an RV network that allows you to skip the RV parks and stay at unique locations like wineries, farms, museums and more. Tell them Bowlus Road Chief sent you for 10% off. Your favorite adventure vehicle, your favorite person and a campsite at your new favorite winery. Can it get better? It can: Healdsburg has a lot to offer. In the Plaza, you’ll find art, gourmet bites and shopping (including the dog boutique Fideaux). If you need a nature fix, head over to Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve for a stunning hike. You can even kayak down the iconic Russian River.

Charleston | South Carolina

Charleston is a coastal city cocooned in quaint, lowcountry charm. Horse-drawn carriages that clatter over cobblestone streets. Late-night dinner illuminated by the warm glow of candles. And when you camp with your Road Chief on Edisto State Beach, you can watch sunsets drench the coast in breathtaking colors. Get ready for your day out on the town with the Road Chief’s Mine & Yours closets and an endless hot water shower. Prep lunch in your chef’s kitchen: the centuries old Angel Oak Tree is the perfect place to picnic. You can explore 30 blocks of the “Holy City” on a private carriage tour and walk the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which was voted one of America’s most beautiful gardens by Time + Leisure Magazine. Finish the day with a rooftop dinner of steaming oysters and a panoramic view of the city.

Our adventuring couples love to explore together and know that the Road Chief’s cozy, intimate space is the perfect place to kindle connection. We love hearing their stories–like the couple who tells us that their purchase led to memorable trips they otherwise would never have taken. Or another couple who states their Road Chief adventures energized their marriage. Want to know more about how the Road Chief brings people together? Speak with an Adventure Guide at adventureguide@bowlus.com or call us at (855) 426-9587

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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4 Relaxing Retreats with Your Road Chief

Adventure. It brings to mind excitement, thrill. But that’s not all adventure is. It comes from the Latin word advenire, which means “to arrive, to reach.” Discovery is implied. A journey is promised. And yet, the destination isn’t always physical; the journey isn’t always outward. At Bowlus Road Chief, we know that the word “adventure” can refer to an exciting experience or a relaxing retreat. It’s why we designed the Bowlus Road Chief to be the world’s best off grid vehicle and a mobile sanctuary. One of our owners said it best:

“Of course, enjoying beautiful places is at the top of our list, but even stopping at a rest stop is a treat when you can pull the curtains, take a luxurious nap in incredible linens and make a cup of tea in your very own serene space. The silently heated floors are so decadent we find ourselves feeling a bit guilty to be so comfortable out in the middle of nowhere. A friend calls our Road Chief the Ritz Carlton on wheels.” – Bowlus Road Chief owner. 

In honor of the oxymoron “serene adventure,” here are four relaxing Road Chief trips to soothe and stimulate:

Spirit Rock Meditation Center | California

Spirit Rock Meditation Center was founded by world-renowned teacher Jack Kornfield. He embodies both kinds of adventure: ordained as a Buddhist monk in Southeast Asia, he’s been teaching meditation internationally for 45 yearsand is know for a love of hang gliding and paragliding. You can attend a drop-in meditation class or weekly programs that feature unique speakers.

Spirit Rock also offers week-long, non-residential meditation retreats, and the Road Chief is the perfect companion. After a day of relaxing meditation and dharma talks, you can retreat to the Samuel P. Taylor State Park only 15 minutes away. Enjoy the calm and content of nature, cook up a nourishing dinner in the galley and snuggle down in the Libeco linens of your Zen-like bedroom for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Spa | New Mexico

One of the oldest spas in the country, this historical gem is famous for its natural, sulfur-free, mineral-rich hot springs. The refuge is complete with a eucalyptus steam room, sauna, mud pool and an extensive menu of natural spa treatments. There’s certainly no shortage of activity: with over 1,000 acres of natural beauty, Ojo Caliente offers everything from yoga classes and biking to birding and insight gardening. Best of all, you can camp on-property with the Road Chief, under the cottonwoods! Electrical hookups are included, so you can further indulge in heated floors and a shower with endless hot water.

“I was a total newbie at towing anything but quickly adapted to driving with the Road Chief. You really do almost forget it’s there. The first day out we encountered some gusty side winds, and the Road Chief was unfazed so I was at ease. When traveling the size and maneuverability lets us stop pretty much anywhere we would like to. It really is so easy to hitch. I’m not a big person and have easily hitched and unhitched it by myself with ease. Even took a solo retreat to a Scandinavian spa in Whistler, B.C” – Bowlus Road Chief owner. 

Shoshoni Yoga Retreats | Colorado

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Boulder, Shoshoni began as a humble vegetarian restaurant and bakery. So, it’s no surprise that attendees rave about the food. The overnight retreats include guided meditations, yoga, an art program and three meals made with the sanctuary’s own produce. Electrical and water hookups are available on-site, so you can enjoy the hot tub, sauna and splendid hiking without a drive. You can even even book private classes in meditation, yoga and cooking.

Mii Amo | Arizona

Voted #1 Domestic Destination Spa in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards, Mii Amo is located just outside of the enchanting desert mecca of Sedona. Enjoy mindfulness treatments, Native American therapies, fitness programs, yoga classes and guided meditations, all paired with the area’s signature red rock vistas. Grab a bite at the garden-fresh Mii Amo Cafe for the full mind-body-spirit experience. You can camp 20 minutes away at Coconino National Forest and marvel at the forest’s rich natural repertoire; it is especially diverse, spanning across pinewood forest, alpine tundra and iconic southwestern desert. 

With its elegant but minimalist interior, heated floors, spacious floor plan and Zen-like master bedroom, the Bowlus Road Chief is a relaxing retreat unto itself. The industry’s most powerful lithium batteries allow owners to stay off grid for up to a week. Combined with uncompromising luxury craftsmanship, you can see why the Road Chief is the ultimate ally in adventure: it’s as well-suited to rugged outdoor recreation as it is to a rejuvenating escape. Ready to journey inward? Speak with our Adventure Guides at adventureguide@bowlus.com or (855) 426-9587.

Be well,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief